Christmas Holidays in Tallinn

Source: Erik Peinar, Visit Estonia

Christmas Holidays in Tallinn

Snowflakes fall, dusting rooftops and cobblestone streets with a layer of fresh white powder. Candles and strings of lights illuminate cafe windows, inviting passersby in for a cup of hot mulled wine. Winter is an enchanting time in Estonia with dozens of festive, seasonal attractions. All of this makes Christmas in Tallinn an unforgettable memory to treasure for years to come.

In 2019, the Tallinn Christmas Market was named the Best Christmas Market in Europe, and in 2021 it remains a top holiday pick as one of Europe's safest Christmas destinations. This year, you can catch the Christmas festivities in Tallinn from 26 November 2021 until 2 January 2022.

Where to stay

A bit of snow only adds to Tallinn's cosy atmosphere

Photo by Sergei Zjuganov

The snowy landscape outside might be a bit frosty, so snuggle up with your loved ones in a unique hotel with first-class comfort and charm. The medieval Old Town is the ideal place to stay during a wintertime trip to Tallinn. On winding streets of historical buildings, a stone's throw away from the Town Hall Square and its famous Christmas tree.

Hotel Telegraaf began its life as a post office and telephone centre in 1878 but has since been renovated into a modern 5-star establishment. Guests at My City Hotel can enjoy a large collection of Italian art that decorates the walls as well as fresh baked breakfasts and an in-house spa, all without leaving Tallinn's Old Town.

For elegant yet budget-friendly accommodation, look just outside the Old Town. For a taste of "manor elegance right in the heart of Tallinn", book a room at the Von Stackelberg Hotel, the 19th-century city estate of Baron von Stackelberg. Each room at the modern Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria, in the city centre, is different and tells a unique and individual story. The Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn, just across the street, is around the corner from the lively Rotermanni quarter.

Where to eat

For a taste of Estonian Christmas food, check out the medieval-themed Olde Hansa, located in an authentic Hanseatic-era building. Homey spots like the Kreutzwald Hotel and Restaurant Nero have a special Christmas menu, as does the Swissôtel, located just a short walk from Tallinn's Old Town.

You can also check out our recommendations on what and where to eat Christmas dinner in Estonia.


Take a break from the snowy weather outside to explore contemporary and traditional facets of Estonian culture. Learn about rural life at the Estonian Open Air Museum with a special winter program including a Christmas Village and Holiday Weeks with handicrafts, bread baking, wood chopping, and more. The Town Hall Pharmacy, found in the same square as the Christmas Market, is the oldest continually operating pharmacy in Europe, dating back to 1422. You can take a look at the old rooms for free or participate in a medicinal workshop.

Estonia is a seafaring nation in all seasons and the Seaplane Harbour Museum tells this story through interactive exhibits like icebreaking ships, submarines, cannons, and even iceboats. The design of Kumu, the Art Museum of Estonia, is an impressive modern artwork itself and was awarded the European Museum of the Year in 2008. Check out the permanent Estonian collection or any of the Christmastime concerts and performances.

Things to do

No winter trip to Tallinn is complete without seeing the city's Christmas Market

Photo by Kaupo Kalda

As per tradition, the Tallinn Christmas Market will be taking place in Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) just beside the city's official Christmas tree which will stand fully decorated and ready to delight you.

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Last updated : 13.12.2021

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